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Deputy Coroner/Laboratory Technician

Lancaster County Coroner, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Salary: $42,577 per year

Final Filing Date: November 15, 2019

Assists with the investigation of deaths reported to the Coroner, particularly as regards the seeking, gathering and documentation of pertinent circumstantial, historical, and other medicolegal data. Aids coroner with identification of cause and manner of death, preservation of evidence, notification of next-of-kin and interagency communications. Facilitate transportation, admission and discharge of the deceased at the Forensic Center. Prepare cases for autopsy, perform required radiology and laboratory studies and records proceedings at autopsy.

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  • Receives and responds to the initial report of death or the request for investigation
  • Creates an office record with preliminary information:
  • Seeks and gathers facts and additional information necessary to establish the coroner's jurisdiction.
  • Communicates and coordinates with the Coroner, Chief, family members, employers, witnesses, and personnel from law enforcement, hospital, medical, civil, funeral home, insurance agency and other fields:
  • Responds as appropriate to death or injury scene or body location; inspects and documents by means of notes, diagrams, sketches and photographs the condition of the locale, body, and other pertinent objects, near or associated with the body:
  • Makes preliminary external examination of the body as appropriate with reference to identification of findings and factors related to time, place, manner, and cause of injury, disease or death, and with reference to physical characteristics documentation and identity:
  • Obtains pertinent past and present medical, psychiatric, social, family, and other history from persons and sources associated with the decedent:
  • Prepares for collection and removal the body and any pertinent valuables or evidentiary materials and facilitates removal under chain of custody when required:
  • Ensures preservation and storage of evidentiary items; records, the body, and any associated effects:
  • Prepares and delivers required documentation and reports as directed:
  • Initiates necessary follow-up investigations and communications:
  • Facilitates the admission and discharge of the deceased at the Forensic Center:
  • Performs required preliminary procedures and studies on deceased needed to determine depth and breadth of investigation and/or the need for autopsy:
  • Obtains continuing education and training as available and directed in order to maintain high standards and implement new investigation methods:
  • Maintains proper inventory par levels for autopsy, disaster, and field investigation supplies and equipment both at the facility and in response vehicles.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, e.g. Assist the pathologist in the absence of pathology assistant.
  • Provide out of County transportation of lab specimens, evidence or remains.
  • Clerical and statistical record keeping.


  • Associate Degree with three or more years acceptable and proven experience in death or forensic investigations.
  • ABMDI Registry certification preferred and required within two years.
  • At the discretion of the coroner, years of experience in related fields may substitute for education or stated qualifications.
  • Knowledge of the rules and regulations affecting the operation of the Coroner's office:
  • Knowledge of Pennsylvania State laws affecting operation of the Coroner's Office.
  • Knowledge of customer service and telephone etiquette:
  • Knowledge of safety procedures:
  • Knowledge of the rules of evidence and court procedures:
  • Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures and standards:
  • Knowledge of ballistics and safe handling of firearms
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions:
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships:
  • Ability to draw logical conclusions:
  • Ability to consult with the pathologist/coroner as necessary or required:
  • Ability to exercise independent judgement.
  • Ability to safely operate a County response vehicle or transport vehicle.
  • ABMDI Registry Certification is required within two years.
  • Ability to pass pre-employment criminal background investigation, drug screening and driver's record check.
  • A current and valid Pennsylvania driver's license is required.
  • Ability to qualify for and obtain PA Act 235 with Firearms endorsement
  • Sitting: Approximately 40% of time
  • Standing: Approximately 20% of time
  • Walking: Approximately 40% of time
  • Bending/Stooping: Frequently
  • Push/Pull: Frequently
  • Carry/lift: Approximately 10 to 100 pounds
  • Verbal communication: Frequently
  • Written communication Frequently
  • Hearing normal conversation: Frequently
  • Sight, including near acuity: Continuously
  • Depth perception: Continuously

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Posted: October 31, 2019

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